University of Chicago Library

Guide to the Ella Tilles Falk Papers 1919-1923

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The Ella Tilles Falk Papers were donated by Nancy Carver.

Descriptive Summary


Falk, Ella Tilles. Papers




4 linear feet (3 boxes)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


Ella Tilles Falk attended the University of Chicago as an undergraduate from 1919 to 1923. The collection contains a scrapbook documenting her undergraduate life, and includes event programs and tickets, clippings, photographs, notes from friends, party place cards, and other ephemera. With the exception of one letter, material in the collection dates from 1919 to 1923.

Information on Use


The collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

The scrapbook is fragile and should be handled carefully.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Falk, Ella Tilles. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago.

Biographical Note

Ella Tilles Falk was born in 1902 to a family of Polish Jews in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Her parents were George and Lillian Tilles. In 1919 she entered the University of Chicago, graduating in 1923 from the College of Commerce and Administration. While at the University, she was vice-president of the Southern Club, active in the WAA, and served on the staff of the Commerce and Administration Magazine.

In October of 1923 Ella married John Allfree, also a University of Chicago alumnus, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She later married George Falk, an insurance agent. Falk lived in Fort Smith until her death on April 21, 1999. An avid doll collector, she left her collection to the Fort Smith Museum of History.

Scope Note

This collection consists of a scrapbook compiled by Ella Tilles while an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. Much of the material was stuffed loosely into the scrapbook and has been foldered separately. Because very little of it can be dated precisely, the contents have been grouped and arranged alphabetically (i.e., “Bridge Tally Cards,” “Blackfriars Program,” “Poems,” etc.). The collection includes personal items, such as photographs, notes, and drawings from friends, as well as mementos such as dance cards, ticket stubs, and event programs. Among the more charming items in the collection are a number of small party place cards and other party decorations (including an articulated paperboard skeleton), and a folder of Valentine cards.

The scrapbook itself is listed first in the inventory, followed by the loose items.

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Subject Headings


Box 1

Scrapbook, 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 1

Blackfriars Program: "Anybody's Girl," 1922

Box 2    Folder 2

Bridge Tally Cards, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 3

Clippings, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 4

Clothespin Dolls, Party Decorations, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 5

Dance Cards, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 6

Drawings, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 7

Event Invitations, 1920-1921

Box 2    Folder 8

Event Tags, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 9

Family Correspondence, 1919-1929

Box 2    Folder 10

Flyer – Alumni Day Circus, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 11

Greeting and Calling Cards, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 12

Gunther: "The Higher Learning in America," 1922

Box 2    Folder 13

Miscellaneous Ephemera, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 14

Miscellaneous Objects, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 15

Notes and Messages, Stationery Monograms, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 16

Photographs, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 17

Place cards, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 18

Poems – Various Authors, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 19

Program and Songbook – Orpheum Circuit, 1921

Box 2    Folder 20

Programs and Event Flyers, Non-University of Chicago, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 21

Programs – Federation of University Women Events, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 22

Programs -- University of Chicago Events, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 23

The Prom Maroon, 1921

Box 2    Folder 24

Tickets and Receipts, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 25

University of Chicago Postcards, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 26

Valentines, circa 1919-1923

Box 2    Folder 27

Y.W.C.A Event Programs, Signature List, circa 1920-1921

Box 3    Folder 1

University of Chicago Maroon, News Clippings and Ticker, 1921-1923, undated

Box 3    Folder 2

Paper Skeleton, circa 1919-1923